THE MARTIAN Review

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I hate to repeatedly reference Tom Hanks' Castaway here, but the comparisons are unavoidable.

Everyone loves Damon. How can you not? Forget that he's a top-shelf, quality actor that nails every role, his performance in THE MARTIAN makes Tom Hanks' Castaway look like a holiday at Club Med. The sense of isolation Damon imbues in his portrayal of astronaut Mark Watney make the viewer realise he has as much hope of being rescued as I do of winning the next Australia's Top Model (just kidding, Watney has way more chance).

During a mission to Mars, the disarmingly united four man, two woman crew are struck by a fierce dust storm and must evacuate immediately, leaving behind one little duckling - Watney.

Finding himself stranded and alone with nary a Wilson in sight, Watney faces desolation, a shortage of food and air, and all hope of rescue. Worse still, he has to acknowledge that he's been left for dead, with no way to communicate with NASA or earth.

Conveniently, he's armed with a few key lifesaving tools - a rad 70's sound track and a keen sense of humour, which he uses liberally and hilariously by recording a video-log (seriously, more astronauts should have social media accounts). He also happens to be a botanist, which solves the initial food shortage problem when he begins to grow his own potatoes.

*As an aside, eating carbs all alone, undisturbed on another planet is actually a dream of mine. Actually, who am I kidding, this is me most Friday nights on my couch.

Again, not unlike Hanks in Castaway, Damon wastes into a starving, undernourished method actor who makes you feel guilty about consuming way too many Maltesers, Flake Bites, Twisties and Wolf Blass whilst sitting in the cinema.

Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN cast is impressive and includes Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig (whose drastic performance belies her comedic brilliance), Jeff Daniels (aka Dumber of Dumb and Dumber, ditto Wigg comment), Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.

All in all I enjoyed the film, thanks to Damon at the helm. It was way more bearable than Castaway, thanks to his constant interaction and thus connection with the audience via his video log.

A few musings I took away; how the heck can this guy actually speak to NASA from Mars when I can't even get phone reception in CBD Sydney?  Also, how can all six crew members actually LIKE each other after spending so much time crammed in one space (excuse the pun)?

Our rating 8/10.

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Bob Jane T-Mart Tread Safely Week

Tread Safely week launches 5th to the 11th of September each year and just like a breast check for Pink Ribbon Day, it was created in order to remind you to check your tyres.

Given the health of your tyres is super important to ensure the safety of yourself and your precious cargo (not to mention other road users and pedestrians), the wonderful people at Bob Jane T-Mart (aka BYTM) have created a pretty nifty was to check your tyres, DIY style.

Like most women, we can safely assume you know next to nix about tyres. Thing is, you can use some handy-dandy items easily found in the bottom of your bag to check them out all by yourself.

Whether it’s your nail file, hair comb or even a good old Lady Jayne bobby pin, just look for the groove on your tyre and gently wedge it in; if the depth of your tyre is less than 2mm, it’s time to high tail it to your nearest BJTM.

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Sneak peak of 2017 Pirelli Calendar

When you’re talking about the ultimate in celebrity endorsement, you can’t go past the famous Pirelli Calendar.

Tyres have never looked so good with the soon to be released 2017 calendar snapped by world renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh on location in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet (North of Paris) and in New York.

Dating back to 1963, the Pirelli calendar is well known for not only showcasing the world’s most beautiful models photographed within - but for the photographers who shoot it.

This year, however, the line up is more movie star than model with snaps of A-list actresses featuring such names as our very own Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright and Penelope Cruz Sanchez gracing the month by month pages.

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There is only one thing more boring on the face of this planet than cricket, and that’s tyres. You can shine, style and soup them up all you like, but at the end of the day (and that day is looooong for most women), all roads lead back to Snoozeville. Women simply are not that interested in tyres. Yet we should be. And here’s why:

Sorry to be the Richie Benaud of the automotive world. However, we need to have a serious conversation. Sure we all know the tyres on our car keep us safe – yeah, yeah, we get it already. But do you?

Driving on bad tyres can result in you losing control of your vehicle, and can cause a serious accident – and we are meant to check them every fortnight! The reality of buying and maintaining the right tyres on your car can truly be the difference between life and death, and at some point, all tyres will start to lose performance in terms of their traction and braking ability. It’s time to tread carefully, sisters.

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Think the Hangover meets Sex and the City – Bad Moms is crass, irreverent and confronting, yet oh so relatable it will make you squirm in your seat on more than a few occasions. And just like SATC, if you’re a Mum, you’ll see yourself in at least one (if not all) of the main characters which can uncomfortable, comforting and hilarious all at the same time.

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